False teeth (or dentures) are prosthetic appliances designed to replace teeth that are missing due tooth decay, periodontal or gum disease, drug use, traumatic injury, as well as genetic disorders.
Replacing missing teeth with false teeth is usually something we associate with old age, but increasingly well made and modern dentures are not a bad option for younger people too.
Dentures solve cost problems and health problems too. Various false teeth options exist for you if you develop:
- an inability to properly bite or chew
- shifting or tilting of remaining teeth
- sagging of facial muscles which affects appearance and speech.
Today there are many false teeth options that are made to fit into the mouth as natural teeth. The shape, size, and color of the different false teeth options are customized to perfectly match the original teeth to give the wearer a natural look.
Different False Teeth Options
Today, there are many advances in dental restoration and cosmetic dentistry that have made them more affordable and less invasive. Your dentist will discuss with you all the false teeth options available. Among them are dental implants and dentures, which may be full dentures or partial dentures (when only a few teeth are missing.)
Your dentist will recommend the best denture style to best suit your condition, like dental health, age and number of missing teeth. The advantages and disadvantages of each type of false teeth options will be discussed by the dentist prior to work being started.
Complete Dentures or Full Dentures
Complete dentures or full dentures are recommended for those who have lost all their teeth either in the upper jaw which calls for a maxillary denture or in the lower jaw which needs a mandibular denture.
Comparing the two types of complete dentures, the maxillary denture has a larger area of coverage and it is more stable and retentive while the mandibular denture poses more concerns for the wearer due to its lesser area of coverage and it interferes with the movements of the tongue most especially if there is inadequate alveolar bone height. Complete dentures may also be recommended for people who are not able to go for treatments to save or restore any tooth.
Partial dentures are designed to fit into the gaps caused by one or two teeth that are missing and are easily removed and put on by the wearer. They are recommended for patients with only a few teeth missing on either the upper or lower jaws. Individuals who are having implant treatments may also be recommended to get partial dentures in as much as installation of implants may take some time.
The plate of partial dentures which can be made of plastic, metal or acrylic will be snapped on to healthy teeth beside the gap. The new partial dentures used by many dentists these days no longer have metal, so the potential damage to the healthy teeth is eliminated.
Overdentures are false teeth options that are secured in the dental implants or roots of the teeth by dental attachments. The two types of overtures are telescopic denture and bar joint denture.
The telescopic denture is recommended for patients with bone density problem while the bar joint denture is an option for patients who lose most of their lower teeth and there would be nothing to hold the denture in place while chewing. The benefits of overdentures include aesthetic appearance, improvement in speech, chewing, and jaw alignment, as well as prevent loss of bone.
Other false teeth options getting good recognition and favorable reviews are the flexible dentures which have among the highest comfort level satisfaction among wearers. The outer layer coating of flexible resin in the base of the dentures make them flexible enough so that the dentures lock giving superior stability. The base of the dentures is of transparent pink opaque shading which allows the natural color of the gum to be seen for a more pleasing cosmetic effect.
The great advantage of flexible dentures is that they are unbreakable and last longer. Though they tend to cost more than regular dentures, over time, the comfort, the aesthetic look and durability, is so worth the initial investment!